Recent EOHC News Bulletins


Annual General Meeting

The annual general meeting is being held several months late this year. There are a variety of executive positions to be filled this year. Positions with a two year term are Competition Director, Secretary and Treasurer. As this goes to press our President and Chief Range Officer are planning to step down half way through their terms, so each of those positions will up for a one year term. It is quite a while since we have had a new face on the executive and we could certainly use an infusion of new people and ideas. Unlike previous years we have more people willing to stand than there are positions! So far we have the following nominations for:

President - Dave Bartlett   Chief Range Officer - Denny Galli

Secretary - Carol Oliver Competition Director - Brian Milne

Treasurer - André Chevrier

Of course, nominations can also be made from the floor at the meeting. Greg Oliver will continue to assist his wife Carol with the Secretary’s job and sit on the executive as Past-President.

Dave indicates that if he is elected, he is planning to have monthly executive meetings and establish several committees to share the workload of projects such as bringing the rifle range up to current standards, getting the shotgun range up and running and getting more activities going for the membership to give them more opportunities to interact and enjoy various forms of target practice. If you are interested in taking part in these activities, please attend the meeting! Brian Milne (Brian@eohc.ca), who active members will recognize from various work parties and match set up crews, is already recruiting for a competition committee.

The Annual General Meeting will be held at the restaurant on the corner of Russell Road and Drouin Road, just down the road from the ranges. I won’t give the name of the restaurant as it changes frequently. The meeting will be on Sunday, February 17th at 2:00 PM.

Where has the Newsletter Been?

Our apologies to the members who are not on the Club’s email distribution list. This is the first hard copy newsletter since last June. Dave Bartlett, who edits these newsletters, changed jobs last summer. He is now working in an area that was greatly affected by the events of September 11th and had his schedule wrecked last Fall. The majority of members are on the internet distribution list and have been kept up to date with short bulletins every couple of weeks. If you have access to e-mail please sign up for the distribution list. Send an email to NEWS@EOHC.ca with the text “subscribe EOHCNEWS” in the subject field and you will be added to this list automatically. Also be sure to check the website regularly.

Membership Fees for 2002

An individual renewal is $100 plus $35 for the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (formerly the Ontario Handgun Association). Please send one check payable to the EOHC for $100 and a separate check payable to the CSSA for $35 will cover your. A family membership is $110 for the EOHC plus $60 for the CSSA. There is a CSSA membership renewal form on the back page of this newsletter, please send it in with your check.

Bullseye Shooting Team Members

The EOHC team shot against the Royal Military College team for its first match of the Ottawa Valley Pistol League season. While they had us outnumbered, pound for pound it was a tie! Seriously, we actually put in a reasonable showing and the results were close. If you would like to get involved, send an email to bullseye@eohc.ca or call Scott at 821-0316. We shoot one-two evenings a month throughout the winter. To be frank, none of us expect to win a thing. We have managed to come dead last three years in a row, but it is fun! Don’t worry about dragging our team score down - only the top four scores count in each match. If you own a .22 target pistol and a centre fire pistol of virtually any description, you too can play! Even if you don’t own a gun you can borrow one for the matches which are held at the RA Centre. Costs are a couple of dollars per shoot to cover the cost of donuts and coffee.

Reloading Clinic

A number of people have expressed an interest in learning more about ammunition reloading. If enough people are interested, we can see about having an introductory three hour clinic run on the topic of reloading handgun ammunition on a progressive press. Reloading is a great way to save money if you shoot a lot and it’s not that hard to learn how. Send an email to Dave@eohc.ca or give him a call at 443- 0749 if you would like to take part. There is a good introduction to reloading on the club’s website, check it out.

Club Safety Course

If you would like to meet some new members, drop out to the club around midday during a safety course. If you would like to come out for a little show and tell session, drop on by. The new members who are waiting for firearms licences are also welcome to come out and borrow a gun. If you can, bring a little extra ammunition and let people try your gun. Given the lack of gun shops in this area, it really helps new members decide what to buy if they have a chance to try a few different models.

We could really use some more instructors in the club so that we could offer courses on a monthly basis. We are still waiting for a date for a CSSA course to certify more Club Level Handgun Safety Instructors. If you’re interested in lending a hand with training new members, contact Dave Bartlett to sign up.

2002 Membership Cards

The 2002 combination numbers are now in use on the gate and clubhouse. If you have renewed, but don't yet have a 2002 card, contact secretary@eohc.ca. For members who reside in Ontario, Carol usually sends the new membership card out with your ATT when she receives that from the OPP. Members who live in Quebec should get their cards in the mail shortly after sending in their renewal fees. If you get your ATT from another club or need access to the range prior to getting your ATT, contact her at the email address above or give her a call at 613-487-3093. If you can wait for your card, that will save time and postage expenses for the Secretary.

Work Parties, Past and Future

Thanks to those of you who have already been out and helped with one or more of the work parties held in 2001. The vast majority of members still have yet to come out for a work party. On the bright side, unlike the springtime work parties you won't have to worry about bugs, sunburn or heatstroke if you lend a hand this winter!! There is more brush to clear in order to prepare the rifle range for the construction of side berms. The guys who were out in December did an amazing job considering they only had one functioning chain saw!

Holster Tip

Anyone looking for a holster should check out the new Uncle Mike kydex holsters. You can order them for about $15 US from http://www.midwayusa.com. I recently picked one up for my Glock 17 at R. Nicholls on 850 Industrial in Ottawa for $27.65, and couldn't believe what a slick holster it is - perfect for starting in IPSC or just carrying your gun around on the range. The paddle version has a limited angle adjustment while the belt version just has a straight up and down carry position.

Muscle Building for Pistol Shooters

I thought I would let you, my friends, in on a little secret I've found for building my arm and shoulder muscles. You might wish to adopt this regimen 3 days a week. I start by standing outside behind the house and, with a 5 pound potato sack in each hand, extend my arms straight out to my sides and hold them there as long as I can. After a while I moved up to 10 pound potato sacks, then 50 pound potato sacks and finally I got to where I could lift a 100 pound potato sack in each hand and hold my arms straight out for more than a full minute! This was real work, but the results were worth it! Next, I started putting a few potatoes in the sacks, but I would caution you not to overdo it at this level.

What is SASS?

The Single Action Shooting Society ® (http://www.sassnet.com/) is an international organization created to preserve and promote the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting. SASS® members share a common interest in preserving the history of the Old West and competitive shooting.

Cowboy Action Shooting is a multi-faceted shooting sport in which contestants compete with firearms typical of those used in the taming of the Old West: single action revolvers, pistol caliber lever action rifles, and old time shotguns. The shooting competition is staged in a unique, characterized, "Old West" style. It is a timed sport in which shooters compete for prestige on a course of different shooting stages. Each scenario, as they are called, features an array of situations, many based on famous incidents or movies scenes, in which the shooters must test their mettle against steel targets. As the game of Cowboy Action Shooting has evolved, our members have developed and adopted an attitude towards their participation called "The Spirit of the Game." It is a code by which we live. Competing in "The Spirit of the Game" means you fully participate in what the competition asks. You try your best to dress the part, use the appropriate competition tools, and respect the traditions of the Old West. Some folks would call it nothing more than good sportsmanship. We call it "Spirit of the Game." Several EOHC members have indicated an interest in SASS. To get this started at our club all we need is a volunteer to form a committee. E-mail volunteer@eohc.ca if you would like to get the ball rolling.


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